Nvidia has had a tumultuous few months, launching and launching graphics cards in a very short amount of time. We were shocked by the exorbitant price of the RTX 4090 graphics cards and the mad dash that followed launch, and a little baffled by the dramatic RTX 4080 12GB launch.
But! While the RTX 4090 is having its ups and downs, Nvidia went back to the previous generation and released newer versions, with Colorful releasing four 8GB RTX 3060 cards and four RTX 3060 Ti GDDR6X models, updating the older GPU lineup. The UK and US websites still don’t have all the variants listed on the official China website, but we expect them to arrive soon.
There is not much difference between the older and newer models. The updated 8GB RTX 3060 has a reduced memory bus (up to 128-bit) and 8GB capacity. Newly released variants of Colorful seem to have new names like ‘Battle Ax Deluxe’ or a little cute and colorful (take it from Colorful then It is colored) chassis. The RTX 3060 Ti cards are being introduced with GDDR6DX memory, with a lineup similar to previous variants, except for the addition of Colorful in the iGame Vulcan OC.
In terms of pricing, the 8GB models of the graphics cards will be cheaper than the 12GB ones, with the cheapest RTX 3060 GPU costing $330 (about £290 or AU$520) and the lowest price in US $365 (about £320 or AU$560). These are considerably cheaper than expected and definitely more affordable than the RTX 4090.
Review: Thankful for good prices finally
Considering the massive price tag of the RTX 4090, it’s refreshing to see budget GPU options upgraded rather than being overlooked in favor of more expensive models.
These newer editions would be great for those still looking for a solid GPU that can handle modern games without breaking the bank, or newer PC gamers who don’t want to spend a lot of money while still getting their bearings.
We expect to see other variants of the new RTX 3060 and 3060 Ti that will continue the reasonably priced trend.